The New England Journal of Medicine identified imaging as one of the top 11 medical advances in the last millennium. The next millennium is beginning with a revolution in medical imaging, in which the physiological structure, function and molecular phenotype of organelles, cells, and tissues can be measured non-invasively in vivo.
The University of Arizona and the State of Arizona are taking part in this revolution. ARIBI was formed to leverage our existing strengths in imaging science and its application to biomedical problems. The central mission of the institute is to promote interdisciplinary research in biomedical imaging. This effort is multiscalar and involves a continuum from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Because imaging applications are readily translatable from basic to clinical science, the advances fostered by ARIBI will have direct impact on health care.